Metal Farm Equipment is Disappearing

By: Jennifer Kliese Email
By: Jennifer Kliese Email

Metal thefts from farms appear to be a problem this spring.

A captain at the Portage County Sheriff's Department says thieves are stealing copper wiring, aluminum and other scrap metals, and then selling it.

He says the thefts often go unnoticed because farmers don't check on their equipment during the winter.

"Most of the time they like to leave those things out in the fields but for a thief that's easier to access, nobody's around, it's out in the middle of nowhere, and so they have time to steal these things," says Captain Dale O'Kray.

He says there isn't anywhere to sell scrap metal in Portage County, but the stolen metal could be taken to places as far away as Green Bay, which makes it much harder to track down the thieves.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 91970844 -
Gray Television, Inc.